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Functional Yet Sculptural Ceramics by Kathryn Ruckman


A ceramic object designed to hold flowersFlower Brick

Kathryn Ruckman’s artistic practice spans the media of ceramics, painting, and outdoor sculpture. Based in Edmonton, the artist’s focus is on functional yet sculptural ceramics, made with an intuitive approach.


Two sets of ceramic candle sticksTwo sets of candlesticks

 

We looked at some of Kathryn’s rustic, functional vessels in our previous feature of the artist’s work. I enjoy the sturdy look and feel of each of these pieces, and the way that…

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Headlines: Rothko Chapel, Indiana, LOVE

1) Rothko Chapel Vandalized With White Suprematist Messages


The Broken Obelisk at Rothko Chapel in Houston

 

The Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, was vandalized last Friday in an apparent hate crime. According to reports, at some time late Friday evening an unknown vandal splashed white paint at multiple locations across the grounds, and left leaflets reading “it’s okay to be white.” The paint was poured into the Chapel’s reflecting pool -- close to The Broken Obelisk, a…

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Speculative Tech: Art by Tom McDowell


A digital artwork of a mech on a landing padMech Delivery

Tom McDowell is London-based concept artist who works with ideas and aesthetics from science fiction. The artist’s works range from highly detailed three-dimensional models of space ships and other speculative tech, to more stylized drawings and character concepts.


A sketch of a futuristic characterUntitled, from Sci-Fi Doodles series

 

I’m really enjoying browsing through McDowell’s collection of “doodles” – though many are just a single…

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Modern Compositions: Art by Michael Mahoney


A still life painting of some bright objectsStill Life, Divertimento II, oil on canvas mounted on wood panel

Artist Michael Mahoney works in oil paint and pastel, creating subdued still-life images of modern compositions and subjects. Michael spent years as a painting instructor and art educator before taking the leap into a full-time personal practice.


A still life pastel drawing of some milk bottlesStill Life with Milk Bottles, pastel on paper

I enjoy the soft, blended approach that Michael takes with his imagery. Though the…

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Clean Lines: Communication Design by Brooke Allen


A logo design for the International Schulich Business AssociationLogo design: Internation Schulich Business Association

Brooke Allen is a B.C.-based communication designer and graphic artist. In her portfolio, Brooke showcases an eye for clean lines and impactful use of color, treating each image with her own distinct style as well as an awareness of the client’s aesthetic and goals.


A poster design for Vancouver's annual Car Free DayPoster design: Car Free Day Vancouver

 

In our previous feature of Brooke’s work with logos, packaging, and…

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Gesture as An Object: Art by Kiki McGrath


A painting using cool green and purple tonesSeika, acrylic on canvas

Mixed-media artist and painter Kiki McGrath creates colorful works with a focus on gesture as an object. In many of Kiki’s most recent works, swirling, tangled lines of paint take on the role of a central figure, blending with backgrounds both analogous and contrastive.


A painting with gestural strokes of deep greenWaterfall, acrylic on canvas

 

I appreciate the way Kiki is using her current practice to explore the material of paint – not just what…

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Fanciful Custom Hats by Fifilabelle


A photo of a model wearing a floral garland hatFloral garland

Fifilabelle founder Fiona Menzies designs and creates fanciful custom hats. Currently based in London, England, Fiona creates her hat designs on a commission basis, helping customers put the finishing touches on formal outfits of all varieties.


A hat designed for a young girlA little girl's hydreangea hat

 

I love the variety of designs to browse through on the Fifilabelle website. Fiona’s designs range from simple and elegant to more whimsical, and…

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Vast Abstract Cosmos: Art by Nancy Ungar


A digital artwork with human figurative elementsThe God Spot

Nancy Ungar creates psychedelic artworks in both digital and traditional media. The artist combines abstract forms with frenetic line art and overlapping planes of texture and color to build up a vast abstract cosmos in each work.


An abstract digital artwork with a repeating patternMedusa's Domain

 

The works in Nancy’s current portfolio are all complex and layered, and seem designed to pull the viewer in for a deeper look. It’s quite fascinating to explore the abstract…

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Studio Sunday: Nicole Eisenman


A photo of Nicole Eisenman in her studio with Grace Dunham

 

Nicole Eisenman is a painter who currently lives and works in New York. Though she was born in Verdun, France, while her father was stationed there as an army psychiatrist, Eisenman grew up in New York and attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1980s. Eisenman is best known for her loose figurative paintings that address a range of relatable themes of modern life.

 

Eisenman’s studio in Brooklyn looks delightfully…

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Headlines: 798, Rembrandt, Gun Share

1) Writer and Critic Tom Wolfe Dies at 88


A photo of the late Tom Wolfe speaking at the White House

 

Writer and cultural critic Tom Wolfe passed away this week at the age of 88. Wolfe was known for his works of both fiction and journalism that explored subcultures, trends, and socioeconomic groups in 20th century America. In particular, the writer was known throughout the art world for his 1975 book The Painted World, in which he argued that the state of art criticism at the time was such…

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Curving Abstract Forms: Sculpture by Larry Scaturro


An abstracted sculpture of a horse's headHorse, walnut

Sculptor Larry Scaturro uses wood to create his artworks, which often take the form of curving abstract forms that seem to reference the human figure. The artist’s abstracts sit alongside highly detailed, realistic figurative sculptures with emphasize this connection within his portfolio.


A walnut relief of a human figureDimples 2, walnut

 

I really enjoy the way that Larry utilizes the human body in his figurative sculptures. These often take the form…

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Natural Colors and Grains: Woodwork by Ken Vick


A walnut rocking chairChair #2 The Survivor, walnut and American cherry wood

Woodworker Ken Vick creates a wide range of custom furniture, specializing in rocking chairs. The artist’s pieces have a sturdy, masculine feel to them, and emphasize the natural colors and grains of the wood.


A handmade heritage baby cradleHeritage Baby Cradle, mahogany with ebony plugs

 

In our previous feature of Ken’s custom, handmade furniture, we looked at some of the artist’s specialized projects,…

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Glass Artefacts: Art by Claudia Whitten


A kiln-formed glass plate with a fractal patternKiln-formed glass, Fractal Series, Tea

Artist and glass worker Claudia Whitten produces powerful glass artefacts. Claudia embraces the smooth formal aspects of the material itself while exploring the myriad ways in which the color and pattern can be altered and designed.


A kiln formed glass artwork designed as a wall-hangingWall-Hanging, Fractal Series, Kiln-formed glass

 

I really appreciate the works in Claudia’s recent Fractal Series – with these works, the artist seems to utilize…

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Delicate but Realistic Portraits by Shannon Coyle


A graphite portrait of a boy in hockey gearNicholas, graphite

Shannon Coyle is a figurative artist specializing in graphite drawings of pets and children. Currently based on The Bay of Islands in Newfoundland and Labrador, Shannon draws on artistic training in drawing and painting to craft delicate but realistic portraits.


A graphite portrait of a fluffy dogMoses, graphite

As we noted in our previous feature of Shannon’s graphite portraiture, the artist tends to work with a very soft touch, relying on blending…

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Real and Mythical: Art by Sue Ellen Brown


A painting of the Scorpio sign from the zodiacScorpio, archival Giclee print

Sue Ellen Brown is an artist from Texas who specializes in realistic, detailed renderings of subjects both real and mythical. The artist has lent her talents to numerous publications ranging from children’s books to strategy card games to magazines and marketing materials.


A painting of a pearl pendantThe Pearl Medallion, Premier Giclee prints on archival stock

 

I really enjoy the fantasy subject matter that frequently features in…

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